Brett Favre on Incognito-Martin case: That’s an NFL locker room

In an interview with the Today show, former NFL quarterback Brett Favre said that he was shocked to see what has become of the Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin saga.

“My initial reaction was, You’ve got to be kidding me. What? Pro football bullying? We’re playing the toughest sport, most violent, not to mention you’re men, some older than others, so it’s not like a little 12-year-old on the playground,” Favre said. “I’m not defending or condoning, all I’m saying is my initial reaction was, ‘A grown man who’s 320 pounds is getting bullied?’”

Favre did admit he doesn’t really know what’s going on down in Miami, but he was still surprised to see things go this far.

“I never thought I would see it,” Favre said. “I’m not saying it’s not possible, I’m not saying it didn’t happen. I don’t know. I haven’t really paid a whole lot of attention to it. But my initial reaction was, You’ve got to be kidding me.”

Favre said it’s normal for crude pranks and jokes to be made in an NFL locker room.

“It is part of the locker room,” Favre said, “There’s a lot of guys getting picked on, some handle it well some don’t handle it well. I’m not saying it’s right. And from a locker room sense, from a team sense, I’m not saying it’s wrong. It’s just the way it is.”